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Bach: Franzosische Suiten, Bwv 812-817

Bach,J.s. / Frantz
Release Date: 01/01/2012 
Label:  Ars Produktion   Catalog #: 38115   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Caspar Frantz
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mixed 
Length: 1 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The "French Suites" were devised as a technically less challenging preliminary level in learning the organ, situated between the studies of "Inventions and Sinfonias" and the "English Suites", the so called 'large' suites, and "Partitas". Bach's composing a remarkable number of pieces with a didictic purpose for the piano can be considered as an attempt to further his reputation as a teacher. Caspar Frantz combines his recording of the French Suites with two less known suites which demonstrate, that discoveries are still possible even in such a well-known ouevre like Bach's. The "French Suites" were devised as a technically less challenging preliminary level in learning the organ, situated between the studies of "Inventions and Sinfonias" and the "English Suites", the so called 'large' suites, and "Partitas". Bach's composing a remarkable number of pieces with a didictic purpose for the piano can be considered as an attempt to further his reputation as a teacher. Caspar Frantz combines his recording of the French Suites with two less known suites which demonstrate, that discoveries are still possible even in such a well-known ouevre like Bach's. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
French Suite no 1 in D minor, BWV 812 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Caspar Frantz (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/2012 
Venue:  Immanuelskirche Wuppertal 
Length: 9 Minutes 42 Secs. 
2.
French Suite no 2 in C minor, BWV 813 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Caspar Frantz (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/2012 
Venue:  Immanuelskirche Wuppertal 
Length: 13 Minutes 43 Secs. 
3.
French Suite no 3 in B minor, BWV 814 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Caspar Frantz (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/2012 
Venue:  Immanuelskirche Wuppertal 
Length: 11 Minutes 55 Secs. 
4.
French Suite no 4 in E flat major, BWV 815 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Caspar Frantz (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/2012 
Venue:  Immanuelskirche Wuppertal 
Length: 11 Minutes 3 Secs. 
5.
French Suite no 5 in G major, BWV 816 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Caspar Frantz (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/2012 
Venue:  Immanuelskirche Wuppertal 
Length: 15 Minutes 0 Secs. 
6.
French Suite no 6 in E major, BWV 817 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Caspar Frantz (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/2012 
Venue:  Immanuelskirche Wuppertal 
Length: 13 Minutes 21 Secs. 
7.
Suite in A minor, BWV 818a by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Caspar Frantz (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1722; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/2012 
Venue:  Immanuelskirche Wuppertal 
Length: 11 Minutes 12 Secs. 
8.
Suite in E flat major, BWV 819a by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Caspar Frantz (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1730s; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/2012 
Venue:  Immanuelskirche Wuppertal 
Length: 9 Minutes 11 Secs. 

Sound Samples

French Suite No. 1 in D minor, BWV 812: I. Allemande
French Suite No. 1 in D minor, BWV 812: II. Courante
French Suite No. 1 in D minor, BWV 812: III. Sarabande
French Suite No. 1 in D minor, BWV 812: IV. Menuet I-II
French Suite No. 1 in D minor, BWV 812: V. Gigue
French Suite No. 2 in C minor, BWV 813: I. Allemande
French Suite No. 2 in C minor, BWV 813: II. Courante
French Suite No. 2 in C minor, BWV 813: III. Sarabande
French Suite No. 2 in C minor, BWV 813: IV. Air
French Suite No. 2 in C minor, BWV 813: V. Menuet I-II
French Suite No. 2 in C minor, BWV 813: VI. Gigue
French Suite No. 3 in B minor, BWV 814: I. Allemande
French Suite No. 3 in B minor, BWV 814: II. Courante
French Suite No. 3 in B minor, BWV 814: III. Sarabande
French Suite No. 3 in B minor, BWV 814: IV. Anglaise
French Suite No. 3 in B minor, BWV 814: V. Menuet I-II
French Suite No. 3 in B minor, BWV 814: VI. Gigue
French Suite No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 815: I. Allemande
French Suite No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 815: II. Courante
French Suite No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 815: III. Sarabande
French Suite No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 815: IV. Gavotte
French Suite No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 815: V. Air
French Suite No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 815: VI. Menuet
French Suite No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 815: VII. Gigue
French Suite No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 815a (variante): VI. Gavotte II
French Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV 816: I. Allemande
French Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV 816: II. Courante
French Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV 816: III. Sarabande
French Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV 816: IV. Gavotte
French Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV 816: V. Bourree
French Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV 816: VI. Loure
French Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV 816: VII. Gigue
French Suite No. 6 in E major, BWV 817: I. Allemande
French Suite No. 6 in E major, BWV 817: II. Courante
French Suite No. 6 in E major, BWV 817: III. Sarabande
French Suite No. 6 in E major, BWV 817: IV. Gavotte
French Suite No. 6 in E major, BWV 817: V. Polonaise
French Suite No. 6 in E major, BWV 817: VI. Menuet
French Suite No. 6 in E major, BWV 817: VII. Bourree
French Suite No. 6 in E major, BWV 817: VIII. Gigue
Suite in A minor, BWV 818a: I. Prelude
Suite in A minor, BWV 818a: II. Allemande
Suite in A minor, BWV 818a: III. Courante
Suite in A minor, BWV 818a: IV. Sarabande
Suite in A minor, BWV 818a: V. Menuet
Suite in A minor, BWV 818a: VI. Gigue
Suite in E flat major, BWV 819a: I. Allemande
Suite in E flat major, BWV 819a: II. Courante
Suite in E flat major, BWV 819a: III. Sarabande
Suite in E flat major, BWV 819a: IV. Bourree
Suite in E flat major, BWV 819a: V. Menuet

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